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10:35 AM ET, February 12, 2015


 Top News: 
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Behind NBC's decision to suspend TV anchor Brian Williams, after an internal probe into his tales of facing danger in Iraq and New Orleans  —  Brian Williams Scandal Prompts Frantic Efforts at NBC to Curb Rising Damage  —  Hours before Brian Williams took the anchor's chair for the nightly newscast …
Washington Post:
Within NBC, an intense debate over whether to fire Brian Williams  —  (Stephanie Klein-Davis/Roanoke Times via AP)  —  Senior NBC officials seriously considered firing anchor Brian Williams because he lied to his viewers about riding in a military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during …
Discussion: NPR
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Lester Holt seen as heir apparent to Brian Williams at ‘Nightly News’
Andrew Tyndall / Tyndall Report:
Unlike on cable, network news anchors are dispensable and separable from their shows
CBS News:
Longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, 73, dies in car crash in New York City  —  CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, 1941-2015  —  NEW YORK — Bob Simon, the longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly tonight in a car accident in New York City.
Reporters Without Borders:
Freedom of information declined in 2/3 of the 180 countries surveyed for World Press Freedom Index  —  World Press Freedom Index 2015: decline on all fronts  —  The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Major news organizations to reveal new freelancer safety guidelines … A coalition of prominent news outlets and journalism advocacy groups Thursday will release a set of guidelines at Columbia Journalism School for the protection of freelancers.  —  The recommendations …
Discussion:, Thanks:@benmullin
Will Steacy / Popular Mechanics:
How The New York Times Works  —  This is how the Gray Lady gets made in 2015  —  Ernie Booth, the operations manager of the main printing plant of The New York Times, is walking the floor.  The plant is a 515,000-square-foot building in Queens, on the Van Wyck Expressway, half a mile from LaGuardia Airport.
Al Jazeera trial: Egypt court frees journalists on bail  —  A court in Egypt has ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists, at the start of their retrial on the charge of spreading false news to help a terrorist group.  —  Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were imprisoned …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Insider view of Jeff Bezos' involvement in product development for the Washington Post's Kindle Fire app  —  How involved has Jeff Bezos been at The Washington Post?  Here's one data point  —  One question that's been asked a lot since Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post is how involved he is in the newspaper's evolution.
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Jon Stewart served as an irreverent media critic for a generation turned off by broadcast news  —  Why the media will miss Jon Stewart  —  The fake newsman gave viewers what many legacy outlets could not  —  I was a sophomore at Northwestern University in 2010 when The Daily Show's Jon Stewart …
David Dawson / The Diplomat:
Chinese Authorities Snuff out Last Online Remnants of the New York Times  —  The paper's last social media account vanished from Sina Weibo this week.  —  Likes  —  On Monday the Chinese authorities played one of the last cards in their war against the New York Times in Chinese cyberspace.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
As ESPN Comes To The iPad, It Drops The SportsCenter Brand From Its Mobile Apps  —  ESPN fans will be happy to learn that today the “worldwide leader in sports” is introducing the first version of its mobile news app that will work on iPad, unifying the reading experience across desktop, smartphone, and now Apple tablets.
Discussion: Quartz, 9to5Mac, The Verge and Engadget
Melody Kramer / Medium:
64 Ways To Think About a News Homepage  —  Last September, I went to Chicago for a conference.  On the third day of the conference, I slipped away to my friend Max's apartment on a mission.  The mission was to gather together a lot of very smart people who don't work in news—and ask them to design a new news homepage.
Discussion: @mattliddy and @amylangfield
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Rocco Castoro out as Vice Magazine editor in chief, replaced by Ellis Jones; Alex Miller now global head of content  —  Vice E.I.C. Rocco Castoro out at Vice  —  Rocco Castoro is no longer the editor in chief of Vice magazine, he announced during an event at the University of Chicago on Wednesday evening.
Discussion: Politico, Guardian and @nbj914
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon launches its ebook subscription service ‘Kindle Unlimited’ in Canada, its third market  —  Amazon has launched its Kindle Unlimited subscription ebook service in Canada.  Today's news comes more than six months after the service first launched in the U.S., and a little over four months after it landed in the U.K.
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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
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